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Ja Morant has been suspended for 25 games as part of the disciplinary actions handed down by the NBA.
Morant will serve a 25-game suspension at the start of the 2023 season as a disciplinary action handed down by the NBA after he had another off-court incident this off-season. His fantasy value will certainly take a hit with him missing almost a third of the regular season, and that will open the door for players like Desmond Bane or Tyus Jones to get increased usage while Morant serves his suspension.
Adam Silver announced on Thursday that a decision regarding disciplinary action against Ja Morant is going to be announced soon after the conclusion of the NBA Finals.
“We’ve uncovered a fair amount of additional information," Silver said. "We probably could have brought it to a head now, but we’ve made the decision that it would be unfair to these players and these teams to announce that decision in the middle of this series.” The decision on whether or not Morant will be suspended will be announced soon after the NBA Finals finishes.
Ja Morant has been suspended from all team activities after brandishing a firearm in a recent social media video. This is a seperate incident from what happened earlier in the year with Morant.
This is the second time Ja Morant has gotten himself into trouble with firearms in the last couple of months. The first time around Morant sought help at a counseling facility and received an eight-game suspension from the NBA. This time the Grizzlies have imposed their own suspension of their young star. It’s unknown what kind of actions the NBA will impose for this second offense, but a lengthy suspension could very easily be in the cards.
Ja Morant (hand) is available for the Memphis Grizzlies for Game 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night.
Morant’s return is an immediate boost to the Memphis starting lineup, with Tyus Jones back in a reserve role against the Lakers Saturday night.
Ja Morant has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.
Morant was initially listed as questionable. It will be Tyus Jones stepping into the starting lineup and he should play a huge role given how thin the Grizzlies bench is. Desmond Bane should also see more scoring volume with Morant sidelined.